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The Original Trilogy Collection

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - OTC - Vintage

Name: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: July 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

The greatest announcement of 2004 wasn’t that the Star Wars Original Trilogy was getting released on DVD. No, it was that Hasbro was releasing a dozen all-new sculpted action figures and placing them on vintage styled card backs just like the ones that were available to Star Wars fans when they were younglings themselves. The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection, or VOTC for short, harkens the line back to a day when things were much simpler, yet more visually stimulating and classically based. It’s been a long time since Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi received an all-new update in the basic figure line, so it was anticipated that the VOTC version would become the definitive version of this Star Wars character. While his packaging is glorious, the action figure needs quite a bit of work before it can be said it’s definitive. One of the least articulated figures in all 12 VOTC releases, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi is the best version of this character up through The Original Trilogy Collection, but you’ll want to see tweak and tweak made before you’ll accept it as the modern replacement for the original 1978 Kenner release.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi only comes with ten points of articulation. We have become articulation snobs over time, so ten seems a little too light in this day and age. Despite his low articulation, this isn’t even the worst part of the figure. What’s worse is that his elbows are angle-cut which lock them into one or two useful positions. In order to prevent him from looking ridiculous, you need to keep his arms up and at 90 degree angles. This obviously limits just how versatile the action figure is. Also, we’d like to know what happened to his head. It looks like is has been unmercifully locked in a vice (presumably by Darth Vader) for much too long and it appears much too narrow and “squeezed”. It’s a big disappointment because we had high hopes for this action figure. Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi seems as if he had been rushed by action figure designers. Maybe there was a deadline to meet. Or maybe they just decided to make a second rate “premium” action figure. But it goes without saying that more time was needed to give this character the perfection her deserves as a collector-focused action figure.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi still has additional issues. We love the texture of his soft-goods outer robe, but it is severely much too bulky and is frankly a little too obnoxious for our liking. It is possible to articulate him in various poses with him wearing it, but they’re limited and you may find that you get the most freedom from this action figure while posing him without it. Perhaps the biggest slap in the face is the inclusion of the lightsaber. Would you believe that Hasbro didn’t sculpt and all-new hilt and blade that is more current with the standards they have been releasing? It looks out of place and most certainly it looks dated. Do you believe us now when we say that this action figure had to have been rushed and not thought through completely? But there is some saving grace. You really can’t see all of Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi’s faults while beautifully packaged inside the awesome and nostalgic “vintage styled” packaging. And it goes without saying how incredibly stunning it is. The action figure is indeed an update. It just is a far cry from what we expected it to be. An update is already expected, but in the meantime you can appreciate the packaging because this is what collectors love to see.

Collector Notes

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Status: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: soft-goods outer robe, lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 85215/85213

UPC: 076930852156

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 1, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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